How We Can Help

ProBAR’s core services include legal education and information, representation and case assistance, and connections to services.

Our staff have expertise representing people in removal proceedings, including adults and unaccompanied children in federal immigration detention. More information about ways we can help can be found below.

Please call our office if you, or someone you know, needs information or assistance.

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Legal Education

ProBAR provides group and individual legal orientations at Port Isabel Detention Center and El Valle Detention Facility. We offer information and answer questions during our orientations. If you know someone in either of these ICE facilities who is in need of information or assistance, please reach out to us.

ProBAR provides Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings to unaccompanied children detained in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. Our team determines the type of assistance we can provide based on our legal screenings.

ProBAR offers information, legal orientations, and pro se assistance to people in removal proceedings before the Harlingen Immigration Court. Services may be requested at the Immigration Court and do not require a prior appointment.

ProBAR offers telephonic or in-person legal orientations to the parents or custodians (sometimes called “sponsors”) of unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley and in parts of the country far from another legal service provider. Our staff provide information about court proceedings and the immigration process, and we offer an opportunity to ask questions. If you are interested in learning more about these services, please reach out to us.


ProBAR represents many adults and children in their immigration cases each year, focusing on helping people who are in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and who qualify for humanitarian relief such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or different forms of relief for survivors of certain crimes.

Most of the individuals we represent are identified through legal screenings conducted at area detention centers for adults or children or at our Harlingen Immigration Court Helpdesk. However, people who have been placed in removal proceedings and who live in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr counties, may contact our office by phone to request assistance. If our team has the capacity, we will schedule a time for a legal screening to make a determination about whether we can offer representation.


Connections to Services

ProBAR offers information about free and low-cost legal service providers in other parts of the country for individuals seeking assistance outside the Rio Grande Valley. We may also be able to offer resources to seek social services in your community.

Information and Resources

Please visit our FAQ page or Resources page for more information and helpful materials. If you or someone you know needs additional information or assistance, contact us here.

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